MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) - A new Navy Recruiting tradition was established in the form of a display board with all previous and the current National Chief Recruiters (NCR). Similar to other senior leadership photo displays, this board will serve as a visual reminder highlighting the significance and importance of this position. 

In the year 2000, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Rear Adm. Barbara McGann recognized the necessity of a senior, master level recruiter to give guidance on all things recruiting.

The NCR is responsible for driving recruiting production, and act as a liaison with other senior leadership of Navy recruiting. They are a ready source of all things recruiting, and focus on measures of effectiveness and trend analysis, providing advice and recommendation for policy changes to improve recruiting effectiveness. 

They are one of two senior enlisted advisors to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, working alongside Navy Recruiting Command’s Command Master Chief. 

“A recruiter’s passion stems from the direct, positive impact made on the lives of every person deciding to join,” said Navy Recruiting Command’s National Chief Recruiter Master Chief Navy Counselor Franklin Tiongco. “Every recruiter has their own reasons for joining the field, but the recurring passion to help others the same way the Navy helped them remains consistent. The creation of this board is a symbol to all those dedicated to the recruiting mission.” 

Including the current NCR, five of the of seven NCRs attended this ceremony, including Retired Master Chief Navy Counselor Joseph Mergel Jr., Retired Master Chief Navy Counselor Jimmie Holt Jr., Retired Master Chief Navy Counselor Gregory King and Retired Master Chief Navy Counselor Charles Whitfield IV. 

Holt expresses that the creation of this board solidifies the importance of this position and those who helped lead Navy recruiting through this position. 

King describes his experience as the NCR and the importance of the role. “This position ensures we send the best qualified people to meet the needs of the Navy” said King. “When you look at what the role is, they are the one the career recruiting force looks up to.” 

Retirement follows many NCR’s after their tour of duty as the leading recruiter in the nation. Though after retirement, Holt and King desired to remain a part of the recruiting team through a different approach. 

“I continue to work for Navy recruiting because my passion for this command and the significance it has on the entire Navy is unsurpassed to me,” said Holt, NRC’s Transformation Lead. “When I retired I had plenty of jobs offered to me. But I didn’t want a job. I wanted meaningful work. And to me, this is meaningful work.” 

This memorial will remain in the halls of Navy Recruiting Command honoring the recruiters who lead the way of Navy recruiting. 

The Navy’s recruiting force totals over 6,100 personnel in more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the globe. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.

NRC consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, 20 Navy Recruiting Districts and six Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations across the country.


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Updated March 1, 2017 (kbh)